Wednesday, January 23, 2008

United Kingdom

Until decimalization in the United Kingdom in 1971, the abbreviation., from solidus, was used to represent a shilling, worth one-twentieth of a Pound genuine, just as d. stood for denarii (pennies) and £ stood and still stands for Libra (pound). Though the shilling and its short form are no longer used, a slang word for shilling, "bob", is still occasionally used in expressions like "a few bobble", i.e. a bit of money.